And the Myth of Pasteurization
you surf the web, no doubt you will find dozens of web sites singing the praises
of Louis Pasteur.
Here is something we found at: http://www.accessexcellence.org/AB/BC/Louis_Pasteur.html
If one were to choose among
the greatest benefactors of humanity, Louis Pasteur would certainly rank
at the top. He solved the mysteries of rabies, anthrax, chicken cholera,
and silkworm diseases, and contributed to the development of the first
vaccines. He debunked the widely accepted myth of spontaneous
generation, thereby setting the stage for modern biology and
biochemistry. He described the scientific basis for fermentation,
wine-making, and the brewing of beer. Pasteur's work gave birth to many
branches of science, and he was singlehandedly responsible for some of
the most important theoretical concepts and practical applications of
Pasteur's achievements seem
wildly diverse at first glance, but a more in-depth look at the
evolution of his career indicates that there is a logical order to his
discoveries. He is revered for possessing the most important qualities
of a scientist: the ability to survey all the known data and link the
data for all possible hypotheses, the patience and drive to conduct
experiments under strictly controlled conditions, and the brilliance to
uncover the road to the solution from the results.
we got the following:
Pasteur was born on December 27, 1822 in Dole, in the region of Jura,
France. His discovery that most infectious diseases are caused by germs,
known as the "germ theory of disease", is one of the most
important in medical history. His work became the foundation for the science
of microbiology, and a cornerstone of modern medicine.
Pasteur's phenomenal contributions to
microbiology and medicine can be summarized as follows. First, he championed
changes in hospital practices to minimize the spread of disease by microbes.
Second, he discovered that weakened forms of a microbe could be used as an
immunization against more virulent forms of the microbe. Third, Pasteur
found that rabies was transmitted by agents so small they could not be seen
under a microscope, thus revealing the world of viruses. As a result he
developed techniques to vaccinate dogs against rabies, and to treat humans
bitten by rabid dogs. And fourth, Pasteur developed
"pasteurization", a process by which harmful microbes in
perishable food products are destroyed using heat, without destroying the
UNESCO proclaimed 1995 as "The Year of Pasteur."
Just prior to that, Pasteurís family proudly released his notes and research.
Gerald Geison, a science historian, was among the first people to thoroughly
review those notes. In 1995, The Year of Pasteur, Geison wrote an article in the
New York Times proclaiming that Pasteur had lied about his research on
vaccines and germs and that most of his ideas had been plagiarized from his
contemporaries. His article, "Pasteurís Deception" claimed that
Pasteur was, in the end, a fraud.
Now this is a terrible proclamation to make over anyone,
especially someone so highly revered in modern medicine. The French erected statues
and built and institute dedicated to this great man. What on earth would make
anyone wish to believe he was a fraud?
Personally, itís not an easy task to rewrite history, as it
is not easy to denigrate someone of Pasteurís stature. When faced with two
opposing viewpoints, an
investigative journalist is only as good as the information s/he digs up. What
is truth and what is fiction must be determined by the facts. And though Iíve
often been accused of taking the sides, in the end I must side with the truth.
If and when I find a new truth, I post a retraction. The truth is the truth and
a journalist has no investment in the outcome other than to get it right, even
if getting it wrong comes first.
And given that greed is a powerful motive, we must
never forget the advice from "Deep
Throat" of Watergate fame who said, "Follow the money."
In researching medicine, following the money has always led to
the truth. The money, in Pasteurís case, has led to mandatory
vaccination programs and overuse of antibiotics. Wouldnít we all like to own a company that gets support
from a government that will enact laws to make the purchase of our product
Where to begin? Well, letís begin with the Germ Theory.
As discussed in The
Lost History of Medicine, the Terrain is more important than the Germ.
Pasteur described germs as non-changeable. We know today, from
the Royal Rife's work that microorganisms are pleomorphic, that they
can change and often do. A bacterium can mutate into a
yeast or fungus and back again. Royal Rife saw this and even photographed it. He
even saw a bacterium "poop" out viruses, as he described it. The problem is, no
one alive today has ever seen a live virus. Rife's microscopes have all been
I've received quite a bit of email calling me a
super quack because of this last paragraph. Our web site is listed
with others who are "germ theory deniers." Most people reject Royal
Rife's work, reject Pasteur's contemporaries (Bernard & Bechamp),
and rejects naturopath today doing research in the healthy terrain.
Modern medicine will never acknowledge the
pleomorphic nature of germs because it would
turn the pharmaceutical interests on their backs like a helpless tortoise.
Again, we follow the money.
Medical tests take your blood and then fix it with a dye. They
freeze the blood in a fixed state. The germs therein are frozen in time. This is
not real life. Germs change, blood moves; life is a process, not a fixed state.
It was Bechamp who first discovered the pleomorphic nature of germs,
and later on Bernard described the "milieu" or environment that
affected/caused those changes. Bernard is the one responsible for our theories
today on pH and how the nature of the microorganisms change as the body moves
from an alkaline pH to an acidic pH. (This is covered in depth in our article The
Lost History of Medicine.)
On his deathbed, Pasteur recanted, saying that Bernard was
right; the Terrain is everything, the Germ is nothing.
Claude Bernard said: "When we meet a fact which
contradicts a prevailing theory, we must accept the fact and
abandon the theory, even when the theory is supported by
great names and generally accepted."
Since the fifties, rumor has it that on his deathbed
Louis Pasteur had said: "Bernard avait raison. Le
germe n'est rien, c'est le terrain qui est tout." ("Bernard
was right. The microbe is nothing, the soil is
This came from a doctor Hans Selye in his book
The Stress of Life. I found this at a site called
Susan Dorey Designs. She's done a heck of a lot of work
tracing the claim back to its initial source.
Dr Selye did not have a source for his quotation and
Susan had to do a little more work, finally finding an
article published in Nexus Magazine in 1992 by Christopher
Bird. It was called
"To Be Or Not
To Be? 150 Years of Hidden Knowledge." In it he quotes
Pasteur (as above) and references a Marie Nonclercq, a
French pharmacist (who did her doctoral dissertation on
Bechamp). Bird claims that Nonclercq told him that she had
found Pasteur's recantation in Leon Delhome's book, De
Claude Bernard a d'Arsonval on (or around) page 595.
The problem, Susan points out, is that the book is
written in French.
That's a problem?
I found the book at the UofMN medical library. I've just
finished reading it. My French is quite primitive. I took
three years of it some 30 years ago. However, I can spot the
terms "Pasture" and "Bernard" just as well as any French
When I got the book, I opened it to page 595 and
discovered that this was the last page in the book. That
wasn't a good sign. Nobody would put something like that on
the very last page, which turned out to be just one short
paragraph. So, I started on page one and spent 4 days
thoroughly going over every page. Whenever I found either of
these two's names, I typed the section into Google
I can report that nowhere in this book does Louis Pasture
recant and claim that Claude Bernard was right.
I then found a few other works that Susan mentions
in her paper. Many were online. I translated them and
went through them thoroughly, looking for these two men and
Now, I know that the absence of evidence is not the
evidence of absence, but the absence of fact, after so many
have searched unsuccessfully for the source points to one
conclusion: it is an urban legend. Heck, it's a global
legend. It's been around the world and is probably taught in
schools of naturopathy or nutrition.
So, until someone can find the original source of this
"rumor," I am happy to publish this retraction because the
truth is the truth and that's ultimately all I, as a
journalist, want to publish.
Another problem with the Germ Theory of medicine is discovered
when we look at Kochís Postulates as they apply to Pasteur's experiments:
must be present in every case of the disease.
must be isolated from the host with the disease and grown in pure
disease must be reproduced when a pure culture of the bacteria is
inoculated into a healthy susceptible host.
The bacteria must be recoverable from the experimentally infected
Pasteur never quite fulfilled all the rules. He was not able
to find the germ in all cases of a disease, and this is where his research
became fraudulent. A really huge problem was when Pasteur passed a germ from one animal to
another to cause the disease, he did not pass the germ alone, but took some
blood with it. Injecting toxic blood from one animal to another proves nothing
according to Koch.
One of the first books published that took a serious look at
the work of Pasteur in an unfavorable light was
Bechamp or Pasteur,
written by Ethel Douglas in 1923. It has since then been reprinted under the
heading, Pasteur Exposed, a more dramatic title that would guarantee more
Douglasís book describes Pasteur as an ambitious
self-promoter. She shows how Pasteur plagiarized Bechamp's work in unraveling
the mysteries of fermentation and the causes of disease in silkworms. But
Pasteur wasnít as bright as Bechamp and made some very serious mistakes in
both his interpretation of Bechampís work and subsequent theories and
practices which he later espoused.
Joseph Lister, the young surgeon who developed antiseptic
surgery methods wrote to Pasteur thanking him for his research in sepsis. We
know this to be true since many of Listerís early surgeries, using carbolic
acid at the strengths advised by Pasteur, ended successfully, though the patient
died. Bechamp was the first person to experiment with carbolic acid, and he
warned against its toxicity. Pasteur poo-pooed this fear and presented his own
theories to the world that Lister had picked up on. It took Joseph Lister a few
more years of refining his techniques and using less and less carbolic acid to
finally produce an antiseptic surgery in which the patient survived.
While Bechamp spent years proving that germs were the
consequence of disease and not the cause, Pasteurís theory was much simpler
and highly profitable. It made economic sense. It made money.
Another book that came out on this subject is
The Dream and
The Lie of Louis Pasteur, and can be found on the web in a few
If you are interested in learning more about the fraudulent research of Pasteur,
this is where to start.
Pasteur instructed his family never to release his lab notes.
After his grandson died in 1975, they were finally released. This was when
Professor Gerald Geison got a hold of them and presented his findings in 1993 to
the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The New York Times,
seeing how UNESCO had named 1995 the Year of Pasteur, felt that this would be
the proper time to release Gerald Geisonís research. Donít you just love a
The Myth of Pasteurization
One more thing before we go. Our second reference above makes
this statement: "Pasteur developed Ďpasteurizationí, a process by which
harmful microbes in perishable food products are destroyed using heat, without
destroying the food."
This is not entirely true. Pasteurization does NOT kill ALL
harmful microbes in milk and it DOES harm the milk.
In her book, The Medical Mafia, Dr LanctŰt debunks
pasteurization with a one-two punch:
- The temperature is not high enough.
- The temperature is too high.
First off, Dr LanctŰt points out that germs that bring us
typhoid, coli bacillus, and tuberculosis are not killed by the temperatures
used, and there have been a good number of salmonella epidemics traced to
Secondly, the heating process injures the milk. She points out
that pasteurization destroys milkís intrinsic germicidal properties, not to
mention healthy enzymes. She goes on to state that 50% of milks calcium is
unusable (the body cannot assimilate it) after pasteurization. So much for all
those milk commercials.
Hereís something we found online that was drawn up for a Los
Angeles County Board of Supervisors concerning outbreaks from pasteurized milk:
- 1997, 28 persons ill from Salmonella in California, ALL FROM
- 1996, 46 persons ill from Campylobacter and Salmonella in
- 1994, 105 persons ill from E. coli and Listeria in California
- March of 1985 19,660 confirmed cases of Salmonella typhimurium
illness FROM CONSUMING PROPERLY PASTEURIZED MILK. Over 200,000 people ill from
Salmonella typhimurium in PASTEURIZED MILK
- 1985, 142 cases and 47 deaths traced to PASTEURIZED
Mexican-style cheese contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria
monocytogenes SURVIVES PASTEURIZATION!
- 1985, 1500 persons ill from Salmonella infection
- August of 1984 approximately 200 persons became ill with a
Salmonella typhimurium from CONSUMING PASTEURIZED MILK
- November of 1984, another outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium
illness from CONSUMING PASTEURIZED MILK
- 1983, over 49 persons with Listeria illness have been
associated with the consumption of PASTEURIZED MILK in Massachusetts.
- 1993, 28 persons ill from Salmonella infection
- 1982, 172 persons ill (100 hospitalized) from a three Southern
state area from PASTEURIZED MILK.
- 1982, over 17,000 persons became ill with Yersinia
enterocolitica from PASTEURIZED MILK bottled in Memphis, Tennessee.
It is the authorís conclusion that pasteurization is simply
a quick fix that allows large cartels to profit from the sales of milk. Instead
of relying on safe, sterile handling procedures of raw milk (which would make
the costs of milk much more expensive), weíve incorporated this quick fix,
which might or might not work, but certainly helps the cartels profit. If you
live near a farm, go get yourself some raw milk. Heck, Iíd even drink that!
References And Further Reading:
Vaccine Nation Movie Site
Dr Ghislaine LanctŰt, The Medical Mafia
Ethel Douglas, Bechamp or Pasteur
(later published as Pasteur Exposed)
R B Perason, The Dream and Lie of Louis Pasteur